‘Good’ result as Ofsted inspects Vandyke Upper

Vandyke 'good' Ofsted 2015
Vandyke 'good' Ofsted 2015

A Leighton secondary school has steadily upped its performance over the last two years, according to Ofsted.

Four inspectors from the schools watchdog have concluded that Vandyke Upper and Community College has moved up into the ‘good’ category, following a two-day inspection last month.

Vandyke Upper School

Vandyke Upper School

In a report published this week the Vandyke Road school was recognised for its efforts since April 2013, when it was said to ‘require improvement’.

Teaching, leadership and achievement at Vandyke has come on leaps and bounds, while students were said to be “very proud of their academy.”

The report read: “Academy leaders and governors have responded effectively to the issues raised at the last inspection.

“As a result, they have successfully improved the standard of teaching and achievement at the academy so both are now good.

“Effective teaching has a positive impact on learning in English, mathematics and across the wider range of subjects taught at the academy, and students make good progress as a result.”

Despite the positives inspectors indicated that capable students need to be pushed further and that the academy’s approach to improving literacy needs to be applied with equal thoroughness in every subject.

Below average attendance figures would also need to improve before an ‘outstanding’ rating beckons, the report added.

Headteacher Tim Carroll told the LBO: “I feel immensely proud of our students and of their achievements and of our school.

“I am delighted that the inspectors acknowledged that students felt ‘very proud’ of their school also.

“We know that there are areas for further improvement and we are already working on these, including developing our approach to literacy across all subjects and improving the attendance of a small number of students.

“I am pleased however that inspectors have recognised the very many strengths of our school.”